Yobe: JTF In Five Hour Gunfight With Boko Haram

Residents of Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, have reported what they believe to have been a gun battle between security forces and members of the Boko Haram, which lasted for over 5 hours on Sunday night.

The relative peace currently being enjoyed in Damaturu the Yobe state capital suffered a setback as sound of gunshots were heard throughout the night.

Sporadic gunshots were heard within the Damaturu metropolis from 9pm and lasted for over five hours.

Although an official statement is still being expected from either the Joint Task Force (JTF) or the police on the cause of the gunshots, residents believe it was a clash between security forces and the radical Islamic sect; the Boko Haram.

Yobe State government had four days ago reviewed the restriction of movement from 9pm to 6am in Damaturu, while curfew in other towns remained 6pm to 6am daily.

The last time gunshots were heard in Damaturu was 9 months ago when a field commander of the radical sect; Bakaka was killed in a gun duel with JTF at Khandahar area of Damaturu.


At Least 4 Dead In Chad Coup Attempt: Security Sources

At least four people were killed in a gunfight in the Chadian capital in what authorities said was a plot against President Idriss Deby’s government, security sources said on Thursday.

Chad has a long history of political instability and Deby himself led rebel troops into the capital N’Djamena in 1990 to seize power. But the landlocked nation started producing oil a decade ago and Deby, who has won four elections, has become an ally of the West against Islamist militants in the region.

“Between four and eight people were killed in fighting at a military barracks in the east of N’Djamena,” said a police source, asking not to be identified. The clash took place late on Wednesday.

A military officer said at least a dozen people had been killed in separate clashes in a residential neighborhood, adding that a list of future government officials had also been discovered there – implying evidence of a coup plot.

Chad Communications Minister, Hassan Sylla Bakary, told state radio there had been “an attempt to destabilize the state”. He said earlier that a small group had been conspiring for months, but gave no details of who was involved.

The streets of the capital were calm by midday on Thursday with banks and shops open. Residents clustered around radio sets on street corners, or watched television in cafes.

The sources said security forces had made several arrests within the army and had detained at least one opposition member of parliament, Saleh Maki.

Deby sent about 2,000 troops to Mali this year to help drive out Islamist fighters who had seized the northern two-thirds of the country, earning him the gratitude of France which spearheaded the military campaign there.

The intervention, as well as a decision not to defend the president of neighboring Central African Republic from a rebel takeover in March, highlighted Deby’s position as a regional power broker. But he has plenty of enemies at home and abroad.

The UFR, a Chadian rebel coalition that laid down its weapons in 2010, warned in March that it would relaunch its rebellion after Deby failed to enter talks with it.

Last week Deby accused neighboring Libya of letting Chadian mercenaries set up a training camp on its soil for use in trying to destabilize his country, a charge Tripoli denied.

Residents in N’Djamena, where Deby narrowly survived a rebel offensive in 2008, remained in the dark about the latest events.

“We’d like to get more information about this group the government has said was behind the plot,” said Khamis Mahamat, a trader.

Soldiers kill six suspected Boko Haram members in Kano and Maiduguri

Clashes between suspected members of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram and officers of the Joint military Taskforce (JTF) in Both Maiduguri and Kano on Saturday had left at least six people dead and several others injured.

Confirming the incidence, the commander of the 3rd Brigade, Nigeria Army, Kano, Brigadier General Iliyasu Abba told reporters while conducting them around the scene of the clash said that the gunfight between the sect members and soldiers broke out when the security operatives raided their hideout in Saburwar Gandu, Phase one area of Kumbotso Local government area of Kano.

The Brigade commander said the suspected members of the Boko Haram sect had attempted to denote a bomb in a car in order to kill the soldiers that had invaded their hideout following a tip off. “Unfortunately, the IEDs (improvised explosive device) inside the car exploded on them and shattered their bodies,” he said.

In Maiduguri, the operatives of the JTF engaged Boko Haram members in a gunfight that lasted for an hour after the sect members attacked the location where the security operatives were located along the Abaganaram and railway quarters in the town between 5:30 and 7:15pm.
Army spokesperson in Maiduguri, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa confirmed the attack on the army base by the Boko Haram members saying that the soldiers succeeded in repelling it.

He said that four Boko Haram members were killed in the gunfight while an AK 47 rifle was recovered from them as well as 200 rounds of 6.722 mm special ammunition.

The army spokesperson said that they had forced over 200 residents to lay face-down on the road during the gunfight despite the tarmac reaching extreme temperatures in Maiduguri, which borders the Sahara desert.

Lt. Col. Musa said it was to protect them from stray bullets.

KANO: Soldiers kill nine members of Boko Haram in gunfight

Military authority on Wednesday said soldiers have killed nine suspected members of a radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram who attacked a town in Kano.

Operatives of the Joint Military Taskforce (JTF) kill eight members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram

This was disclosed by Brig. General Iliyasu Abba while addressing journalists in Kano. He said that the attack by the Boko Haram happened in Tundun Wada in Kano state.

Brig. Gen Abba said that the militants were gunned down when they engaged the soldiers in a gun battle while trying to escape from the village.

He said the sect members set fire to a bank and attack a police station before fleeing.

According to the military spokesman, the attackers stole police uniforms, Kalashnikov rifles, bulletproof vests and ammunition before leaving for a road back to Kano.

There, military forces who received a distress call from the town attacked them, killing nine suspected sect members, he said.

Soldiers arrested two suspected sect members, who the military paraded before journalists Wednesday.

Security officials have also confirmed that two persons were killed and others when unidentified gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a local gathering spot in Kano.

The Human Right Watch had reported that Boko Haram was responsible for killing more than 200 people this year alone attacking via suicide bombers and assault-rifle shootouts.

The sect has rejected efforts to begin indirect peace talks with the Federal government calling the government “infidel”.